Pat Morgan


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Distinguished Service Award2017 winner Pat Morgan ’91 with President Hass.

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals with outstanding service to the greater community.   





The Distinguished Alumni AwardThe Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals with outstanding service to the greater community.

A resident of Memphis, TN, Pat Morgan enrolled at Rhodes College when she was 48, at a time the college was seeking out non-traditional students. “To go back to school at my age, at a beautiful liberal arts school with superior professors was an incredible experience,” Morgan said once in an interview. “I wrapped up my time at Rhodes with the Washington semester program, and I realized my potential to make an impact on policy.” Morgan received a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1991. 

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Pat Morgan receives Legend AwardThe Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis has honored three women with its annual Legends Award for contributions they made to the Memphis community.

Each year the Women’s Foundation pays tribute to women who are trendsetters, visionaries, and innovators. They are honored through original art and prose.

Pat’s award is in the Catalyst category

“The Catalyst Award is presented to a visionary woman who demonstrates selfless dedication to creating positive change in the community and through activism, public and civic services has empowered constituencies, strengthened participation, inspired movements, and/or has instituted an organization, foundation, or was the first in her field.” 

The pieces are created in collaboration between an artist and a writer to represent the honorees’ life and community impact. The Legends Award art tours the Mid-South before going on permanent display at The Hall of Legends in the Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women.

Legends Award

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PHOTO: Left to right, Pat Morgan, Edith Kelly-Green and Barbara Holden Nixon

Monroe Ballard photo credit



Legend Award for Pat MorganStained Glass window created for the Honor Legend Award Winner, Pat Morgan. Commissioned by the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis.

Award recipients are nominated by their peers, and the honorees will be recognized through original art and prose created in a collaborative effort between an artist and a writer. The art created will be toured around the Mid-South before going on permanent display at The Hall of Legends inside Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women.

Pat Morgan is being honored with the Catalyst Award for her three decades of work to break the cycle of homelessness locally, statewide and nationally. Her Legends Award artist is Suzy Hendrix, and her writer is Jae Henderson.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” said Morgan, who started out as a volunteer helping to develop and run the Drop-In Center for Street Ministries out of the basement of Calvary Church. “I got so frustrated with the lack of resources that I decided I needed credentials to go with what I had learned from the street people and the mental health specialists who were helping me.”

She went back to college at age 50, attending Rhodes College and was named one of the 20 outstanding college juniors and “rising stars” in America. During the 1990s, she interned with Al Gore’s office, then worked with President Bill Clinton’s campaign and his presidential transition team.

“That’s when I told them I wanted to work on homelessness,” Morgan said. “I received a presidential appointment to the staff of U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, and I was also a special assistant working in the community development area under Andrew Cuomo.”

She returned to Memphis in 1999 and accepted an offer to be the director of Partners for the Homeless, which is now the Community Alliance for the Homeless. After 11 years in that role, she retired and wrote a book entitled “The Concrete Killing Fields: One Woman’s Battle to Break the Cycle of Homelessness,” and it has won five national book awards.

Her church, Calvary, decided to help with the Room in the Inn program to shelter the homeless from Nov. 1 to March 30 during the worst of winter weather. Those in need of shelter gather Downtown and are transported to one of 35 participating churches for shelter for the night, a shower, and warm meals.

“I told them I can’t just do radical hospitality. I can’t walk away with the warm fuzzies when I know they’re going back out into the rain and snow,” she said. “The first night I picked out three who were mentally ill and within two months I was up to helping 25 mentally ill people who would’ve been sleeping on the streets except for Room in the Inn.” [Full Article]

During the other months of the year, she volunteers at the Memphis Union Mission.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentAward of Recognition and Appreciation for “A job well done…for your committed and continued service to homeless people.” U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Tennessee Field Office 2010


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Memphis Chapter, Humanitarian Award National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Memphis Chapter, Humanitarian Award “In grateful appreciation for many years of dedicated contributions of service to the homeless community and the partnership with NAMI Memphis to improve mental health services for the good of Memphis.” 2010

Alpha Omega Veterans Services “Lifetime Achievement Award

Memphis Union Mission “Friend of the Friendless” awardMemphis Union Mission “Friend of the Friendless” award for “tireless work on behalf of our city’s homeless and needy.” 2010

U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, Washington, DC “A Home for Every American” award “In recognition of political will, partnership, and innovation in ending chronic homelessness.”  2006

2005 Woman of Achievement for Courage – Pat Morgan was working as a real estate broker when she volunteered to help two hours per week at the Downtown Church Association’s Food Pantry to feed the homeless. From there she moved to the Street Ministry and the work became her passion. She listened to stories of untreated addiction, abuse, and mental illness and realized that what indigent individuals need is a “continuum of care.” She believes that the solutions to homelessness are political. She left Memphis briefly to work in President Clinton’s administration in various capacities to better understand policies that affect the homeless. Most notably, she spent 6 ½ years working with the White House Domestic Policy Council. In 1999, Pat returned to Memphis and became Executive Director for Partners for the Homeless. She worked with representatives from 55 organizations to create a holistic intervention program targeting 20,000 at-risk households. She served on the state council for creating a plan to end homelessness in Tennessee. And Pat has not forgotten the people she met through Calvary’s Street Ministry. Today she launches a book capturing their stories: “The Concrete Killing Fields: One Woman’s Battle to Break the Cycle of Homelessness,” 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Booksellers of Laurelwood.

TIME Magazine’s “Rising Star” award presented to Pat, one of “Twenty outstanding college juniors in America.” 1990

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Memphis City Council Certification of AppreciationMemphis City Council Certification of Appreciation “For outstanding service to the community.” 1990



WREG Channel 3
with MaryBeth Conley

Overcoming the Odds
with MaryBeth Conley


Mandy Morgan interviews Pat Morgan
Dr. Peter Sacco interviews Pat Morgan
Host Cyrus Webb interviews Pat Morgan
The Big Blend Network

Join Pat and Mandy Morgan (no relation) for Memphis Today, Mandy’s daily radio show, as Pat explains why—and how—we have to break the cycle of homelessness if we are ever to end it.

Pat talks about homelessness and mental illness with  Dr. Peter Sacco, author, psychology professor, and a former private practitioner.

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Host Cyrus Webb introduces you to movers and shakers around the world. Listen in as he interviews Pat Morgan regarding homelessness and her book, “Concrete Killing Fields”.

Amy Arkaway interviews Pat Morgan who rants, raves & rock ‘n rolls with Big Blend Radio about Homelessness in the USA and a little bit of Elvis!

Host Johnny Tan interviews Pat Morgan

FMMK Talk Radio / Moms and Family
Homelessness in America with Pat Morgan

Big Blend Radio

Pat Morgan discusses her book “The Concrete Killing Fields: One Woman’s Battle to Break the Cycle of Homelessness.”
(Final interview after other guests)


“The Concrete Killing Fields”​
One woman’s battle to fight the cycle of homelessness

Beverly Hills Book Award Winner

Beverly Hills 4th Annual International Book Awards

(Social/Political Change Category) 

NFPW Award Winner

2015 – 2nd Place WINNER
National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) Awards
Non-fiction Books

2016 Award-winning Finalist, International Book Awards

International Book Awards

IndieFab Winner

Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year 

Independent Publishers
IPPY Book of the Year 
(Current events II Category – Social issues/Public Affairs/Humanitarian) 


Street Life 
A report from the city’s “Concrete Killing Fields.” 

Pat Morgan doesn’t know how a Memphis man named John Marshall, age 65, died in November 1987. But she knows this:

A bulldozer operator at a city dump discovered Marshall’s body. Which means Marshall had been collected from one of the city’s trash bins, where perhaps he’d sought warmth against the cold. And perhaps he was already dead (from hypothermia?) when a sanitation truck emptied the contents of that bin, compacted the contents, and drove to the dump. Reports at the time listed the following items found on Marshall’s remains: two coats, three pairs of pants, and 24 cents.

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No Place to call home 

Thousands of Memphians spend their nights in homeless shelters or squatting in abandoned buildings. And the problem is getting worse.

Just before 8 o’clock on a blustery January morning, about 50 men and a few women gather on the front porch of a modest house on Jefferson Avenue in Midtown. Some are bundled in coats, scarves, and hats, while others wear only ragged jeans and too-thin jackets.

Inside, volunteers of Manna House, a hospitality facility for the homeless, are preparing to open the doors and welcome a small group of the city’s chronically destitute.

One volunteer offers to man the coffee station, while another holds a jar of vitamins to hand to those in need of proper nutrition. Another person volunteers to staff the laundry room, where homeless folks can trade their dirty togs for clean, used clothing and socks.

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“Killing Fields” a Triple Winner; Writers Conferences Slated for This Year’s Mid-South Book Festival

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Memphian Pat Morgan has made it her mission to work on behalf of the homeless both locally and nationally, and she wrote about that mission in The Concrete Killing Fields: One Woman’s Battle To Break the Cycle of Homelessness, published in early 2014.

In that book, Morgan described her days directing the Calvary Street Ministry in downtown Memphis. She wrote about her government work in Washington, D.C. But she also wrote engagingly about her difficult past and need for personal healing, both of which she handled with candor and surprising humor. The Flyer was impressed. Others have been impressed.

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Homeless and Helpless 

Hundreds of thousands of Americans face the holidays without shelter and without hope.

Homeless people and their petsThis year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John Kennedy and the legislation that he championed, commonly called the Community Mental Health Centers Act.

In his remarks to Congress, the president said (and no doubt believed) that “when carried out, reliance on the cold mercy of custodial isolation will be supplanted by the open warmth of community concern and capability.” He must be rolling over in his grave.

On a single night in January 2012, a total of 111,993 men and women with severe mental illness were reported to be homeless in America. Of those, 46,550 were sleeping unsheltered — on the streets, in parks and abandoned buildings, under overpasses and bridges, in tents, sheds, barns, and other places “not meant for human habitation.”

E. Fuller Torrey is the executive director of the Stanley Medical Research Institute and a prolific, noted author of books about homeless mentally ill people. He is also a board member of the Treatment Advocacy Center, which released a report in May 2010 that validates his militant advocacy for assisted outpatient treatment.


That report, “More Mentally Ill Persons Are in Jails and Prisons than Hospitals: A Survey of the States,” reported that “there are now more than three times more seriously mentally ill persons in jails and prisons than in hospitals.”

The report went on to state that “America’s jails and prisons have become our new mental hospitals” and that “40 percent of individuals with serious mental illnesses have been in jail or prison at some time in their lives.” At its heart is the reality, expressed by Torrey in October 2013, that “It is almost impossible to get someone committed.”

Nobody gets the bottom line of the issue better than the National Association of Mental Health Directors, who reported in 2012 that “We are spending money in all the wrong places — prisons, emergency departments, and homeless shelters — when the illnesses become more serious.”

Nobody gets the need for changes in the system better than families who are heartsick at what is happening to their loved ones — or worse, what may happen to them or others if he or she becomes one of the small minority of those who are too dangerous to themselves or others to remain in the community without effective mental-health treatment.

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The Commercial Appeal – Article ‘Speaking about Books’

Hometown: Turrell, AR

Major at Rhodes: Urban Studies 
Current Residence: Memphis, TN

What first inspired your passion to combat homelessness, as you have?

I had been very political in Arkansas. I moved to Memphis and I immediately started looking for a church home. I knew that I wanted to give. Within six months of attending Calvary Episcopal Church I had volunteered to help with the food pantry, and I went on to volunteer regularly with the church’s street ministry program. The first day I walked into the Great Hall at Calvary I was completely and totally and utterly hooked. I noticed the chandeliers, antique furniture, polished wood floors, rich, red velvet drapes, and ten to twelve of the sickest human beings I had ever seen in my life. My heart just went out to them. I went into homelessness because I was called. In the arrogance of ignorance, I thought there was nothing that homeless people could do for me, but they have changed my life. Homelessness is about losses. You start dealing with their losses, and the first thing you know, you’re dealing with your own losses. My book, The Concrete Killing Fields, is about those experiences.

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Pat joins other city leaders in announcing $4.7 million HUD award. 

Homelessness Grant Awards Ceremony – Memphis Field Office
Friday, April 20, 2007

Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton and City of Memphis Chief Financial Officer Robert Lipscomb joined Yvonne Leander, HUD Memphis Field Office Director, in a ceremony held March 14, 2007, to celebrate the award of $4.9 million to the Memphis/Shelby County Continuum of Care. The grants will go to 13 agencies for 19 different programs that aid the chronically homeless.

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“Pat Morgan’s book is a wonderful read; it is inspirational, instructional, and should be mandatory reading for all students who are considering a health services profession“ Pamela D. Connor, Ph.D., M.S., B.S, (University of Tennessee Health Science Center)


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